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Posted: 07/18/19 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayteg1 wrote:

This is OP.
I made it to Homer spit and it was stunning drive regardless smoke and road construction.
But even on Thursday Homer is a ZOO.
100's of RVs, 1000's of cars park everywhere.
Than on 1/4 mile walk on spit tip, we counted about 20 restaurants. All have good number of patrons even before dinner hr.
Will see what that place turn into on Friday night.
If you plan to come here for few days - bring bigger checkbook.
Mosquitos are not a problem here. I still have bites from Washington state.
Than we do have good weather, with 73F today, what I heard is uncommon.

I think you're in the middle of the summer tourist season up there. It was busy in 2016 just around Labor Day, but not like what you're describing. Denali NP was winding down by the time we got there.
IIRC, our daytime temps were comfortable, upper 60s/low 70s and nights got down into the 50s or a bit lower. It rained on and off while we were in Homer. The weather everywhere else was sun and cloud mix.
If you can find East End Road, it will take you out past Kachemak and towards Fritz Creek where the Kilcher Homestead is located. I think they rent cabins on the property, but I think they're pricey? We drove out there for a look see, but there wasn't much of either. [emoticon]
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Looks familiar. And your weather looks better than ours was. [emoticon]

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The smoke clear in the afternoon.

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and a bonus "Cellphone Bald Eagles"

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Nice eagle pic! We'll be staying at Land's End in a few weeks. Went to Homer in 1999 but didn't get there when we were in AK in 2009. Can't wait!


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be Douglas Adams

RV-less for now but our spirits are still on the open road.

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Nobody home when we were there, but they were on their way.... you can see an "occupant" approaching.

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MDKMDK wrote:

Go to Homer. Nice little town. Side trip to Whittier through the tunnel. Then back on track and side trip to Seward, backtrack and on to Cooper Landing and Soldotna before hitting the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World (at least that's what it says on the sign).
Camp in the Homer Spit municipal campground. It was around $15 night per spot, IIRC. No hookups, but the scenery can't be beat, and the eateries and shops are also plentiful along the spit. Visit the "Rum Locker" for supplies if so desired (ahem?). There's even a Starbucks and a McDonalds there.

Basically, just explore the Kenai Peninsula. If you get lucky, the weather will be good.


That is really great guiding.
When I did not find anything in Soldotna to stop for, we did stop at Cooper Landing and it looks like great fishing and rafting destination, what we have not been into.
Homer Spit and Seward are spot on with scenery.
Homer also is having the "vacation spirit" with lot of bars, fish & chips and ice cream stops, that some might like.
We still have Whitter to see in a day, or 4, but looks it is hard to be disappointed here.
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You're welcome.
No trip has been more memorable for us than our trip to Alaska, 3 years ago. We hope to get back up there and refresh our memories sometime soon.
Have fun, and post up anything that you think others might find useful or interesting.
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I would add that planning to arrive at campground early might turn crucial.
I tried to reserve spot at Homer Campground, but per personal answer at the office - they don't even review the emails.
I made a point to arrive on Thursday 1 PM and was able to get "tent site".
Than Saturday 3PM at Seward, with several hundreds of sites along the waterfront, I catch 1 of 3 left.
So with law allowing staying overnight at rest areas, I rather plan to sleep on the road and arrive at the destination early.
We do have good luck to weather and here is Seward this afternoon

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If we are talking about Alaska, why are all the photos of buildings, construction equipment and crowded camp sites? You are missing the obvious. Don't be afraid to venture out into thousands of square miles of magnificent bush country. It is not listed on the list of sights to see, it is free, there is no DVD, no reservations, and no one else out there. It is the best part.

All of my favorite places in Alaska are the ones you have never heard of.

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